Album #497 – 1999

Album #497

1999 was Prince’s breakthrough into the mainstream. It was also the first album he recorded with his landmark backing band, The Revolution. 1999, of course, features massive hits 1999 and Little Red Corvette. Recorded in L.A. and Minnesota, the album set the template for R&B in the 80’s, complete with synths and a drum machine but also adds in electric guitar. Prince played almost every instrument on the album, showcasing the amazing musician that he is. He can also sing in several octaves and his screaming vocals are clearly displayed. To me in the 80’s, Michael Jackson and Prince were just as much rivals and Madonna and Cyndi Lauper were. But, my money’s on Prince. He can’t only sing, but can play just about any instrument and has written scores of pop hits for other artists, under a different name. Michael Jackson is also good but, Prince on this album shows that he is more of a man. Many of the album’s tracks (Let’s Pretend We’re Married, D.M.S.R, Lady Cab Driver and International Lover) are sensual and sexy. Prince doesn’t hold back either when it comes to language and description. But, he also has an equal amount of songs on social issues: 1999 was written about nuclear apocalypse and Free about the value of freedom. It was a great album and one that will be in my collection in the future. Prince is one of those artists that really deserves the credit he is paid. He has helped shape not only r&b but pop music as well. Other highlights include: Delirious, Automatic, Something in the Water (Does Not Compute) and All The Critics Love U in New York. Overall, I give 1999, 5 out of 5.

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